When you join a sorority, there is a financial obligation that comes along with membership. This financial commitment is often referred to as “dues” by chapter members. The cost of dues will look different for each campus and varies from semester to semester.
The women of the sorority chapter vote to approve the budget for the next semester. This vote determines how much each member will pay in dues. These dues go toward chapter expenses and activities such as socials, fundraising events or sisterhood activities. They also cover things such as insurance for each member and fees to the inter/national organization to ensure they can provide educational and helpful resources to chapters. On some campuses, the cost of dues is also impacted by housing options. Not every sorority chapter has housing, those that do will see these costs reflected in membership dues.
Sorority dues can pay for:
Dues to Inter/National Organization
Sisterhood & Social Events
Recruitment is the perfect place to have your questions answered. Ask about what your financial responsibility would be. You can also ask about financial assistance a sorority provides. While you will be required to meet the financial obligations, sororities often allow members to set up a payment plan that works best for them. Sorority chapters should provide answers toward the cost of sorority membership during recruitment. Typically, the first semester as a sorority member will be more expensive than any other because you will be asked to pay new member and initiation fees as well as purchase a membership badge.
While you will be required to meet the financial obligations, sororities often allow members to set up a payment plan that works best for them.
The total amount owed for dues will vary with each chapter and with each campus. The funds collected from chapter members help pay for chapter operations, events, programming, and support for the inter/national organization. Chapters that host more events might charge more money in dues to pay for those events. Other chapters might charge less money for dues but expect you to pay individually throughout the year for different things you might want to do such as purchasing T-shirts or participating in additional sisterhood or social events.
It is important to understand the financial obligations to membership before accepting a bid from an organization. All NPC member organizations should be transparent during the recruitment process about the cost of membership and what your money will be going toward. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and become as informed as possible.
You can find your campus here. By visiting their website and social media links, you can learn more about the sorority experience on that campus, including the cost of membership.